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January 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Jan. 21 questions — holders, pictures and returners

Still digging through the questions of last week and will keep plugging away..
One thing, I got a number of questions about the stadium renovation. Since then, I wrote this blog entry on that topic that hopefully answers all your questions (frankly, what’s in that piece is just about all I know about it). But if you have more, put them in the comments section here and I’ll get to them later.
Now, onto a few more questions:
Q: Silly question, but who is going to be groomed to be the holder next year now that Ronnie Fouch is gone? It has to be either Will Mahan, Taylor Bean or Keith Price, right? Do they have experience?
A: That’s actually a really good point that Fouch’s departure creates an opening at holder. I frankly can’t recall who would have been the backup this year, and asked someone else who saw a lot of practices that couldn’t remember, either — always seemed like Fouch was doing it. But as you suggest, they have some logical candidates — holders generally tend to be backup QBs, punters (because they have a lot of time to work with kickers) or WRs. So I’d throw Cody Bruns, who I think might have gotten a few looks at that spot this year, into the mix as well. Certainly, it will be something the coaches will have to address, but there’s plenty of time and I’m sure they have some people in mind. By the way, I did check and Bean is still on the team.
Q: What Husky preseason event(s) are likely to yield an opportunity for me to get a photo with my son and Jake Locker?
A: The absolute best is Picture Day, which is held every August, usually after the first week of practice or so, and is designed almost solely to accomodate wishes like yours, to get pictures with players, as well as autographs. It’s held at Husky Stadium and on the weekend. The exact date for this year won’t be known until later. UW has also announced that its spring practices will be open to the public, as they were last year, and sometimes there are opportunities at those, as well, though there’s never any guarantees there based on what the schedule may be for the players afterward.
Q: I miss the days of the exciting punt returner, someone like Ray Horton who was an All-Pro defensive back but also a dual threat as a returner. Who do we have on the horizon that can get us excited again with special teams play?
A: Actually, the guys who did it this year weren’t too bad, they just didn’t get many opportunities. In fact, that was one of the oddities of the season that until the seventh game of the season, UW had just two punt returns. There was one four-game stretch at mid-season where UW didn’t have a single punt return. Much of it was that there simply weren’t a lot of punts in some games to return — Stanford and Arizona punted only once and Notre Dame twice. But when teams did punt to the Huskies, UW got some decent returns — Johri Fogerson averaged 13.3 yards on three returns with a long of 23 and Devin Aguilar 8.0 yards on eight tries with a long of 26. UW’s 9.5-yard pre return average was the second-best since 2003 and the fourth-best since 1997. So I would think that Aguiar and Fogerson would enter next year as the leaders in the punt return battle, each obviously showing some potential this year to do the job.
More later.

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